Mileage Recap ~ 30 Dec – 4 Jan

I think I deserve at least 2 weeks off.  At least that is what I’m telling myself.  After making my mileage goal I wanted (ok I don’t really want to) give my body just a little bit of rejuvenation.  I have been having some nagging in the dreaded left knee and my right hip has been hurting with sharp pains shooting down the back right hamstring from time to time.  Sigh.
Things I know I could do better:

1. Stretch and ice

2. Foam roll

3.  Stretch and ice

The holidays have left me busy so I haven’t been at yoga for about a month, but my legs are in need of some TLC.  I really want to get these pains in check so I’m concentrating on my mileage but I may have to hit the machines which provide less impact for a couple of weeks.  Not liking it, but it may have to be done.

Even though I said I was going to take a few weeks off I still found myself walking around the neighborhood and on the elliptical at the gym.  I’m trying!  Plus the Midwest weather has been a bear!  It was -11 on the way to work this morning.

I’m looking forward to getting my training plan in order and start looking for some new races this year.  I was able to sneak in 5.93 miles for the week ~ 3.48 miles walking and 2.45 on the elliptical.  This leaves 10,306.56 miles remaining.  Trying to remain somewhat idle.  I hope your week is moving along ~ Happy Miles to you:)

Mileage Recap 22 – 29 Dec End of Year 2013 Goal ~ 1000 Miles Reached

Road to 1000 The road to 1000 total miles has been completed.  It is 31 degrees today with winds of 11 knots.  Normally Sunday is my rest day, but when I ran yesterday I found that I was .35 miles short of my 1000 mile goal after yesterday’s long run for the end of the year.  So out I went this morning to complete the goal.  Why not let it ride you ask?  Well, one of the purposes of this blog is to keep track of the mileage.  The way I look at it, it’s 13.1 miles in a half marathon not 12.5.  If you’re going to do it ~ then complete to the best of your ability.  There is a lot to be said about completion and seeing things through.  It’s not necessarily how fast it was done, but that it was done.  As you know this can be applied to almost anything in life.  Running is just one of many vessels.

I took the above photo this morning.  From the photo it doesn’t look like a big hill, but it is steep and long.  It has gravel and footing is not guaranteed.  Just when you get to the top there’s another hill.  It’s where my running journey began.  It represents strength, determination, dedication to task, and importance of being humble.  Running down this hill is what caused knee surgery in 2011, a little too sure of myself and going too quickly down a hill I wasn’t prepared or trained.  The hill put me in my “place” if you will.  Not like I had to be reminded, but there is always something greater and bigger than you out there.  Now when I travel this path I have only walked down.  Showing some respect and realizing the end goal or the completion of my 11315 task is greater than saying I ran down that hill (face intact)! It seemed fitting to end the year on this hill.

shoes 2

I’m continuing to “mark” my shoes.  The previous background picture on my blog, the shoes were new with no mileage.  I’m happy to say I’ve reached my goal and now the shoes are turned inward with 500 miles marked on their “soles”.

Weekly Mileage recap:  18.96 for the week and puts me at 50.31 for the month of December.  Total miles completed stands at 1,002.51 with 10,312.49 adventures waiting…

Sun ~ Rest

Mon ~ 3.35 run

Tues ~ Rest

Wed ~ 3.24 Christmas day walk with the family

Thurs ~ 4.02 run

Fri ~ Rest

Sat ~ 5.49 run

Sun ~ 2.86 walk

May the end of your week be positive ~ Happy Miles To You:)



Quinoa and Black Beans

Love fresh cilantro

Love fresh cilantro

I love food and I love to cook.  I have many cookbooks and when I see a good recipe I can’t wait to go home and try it!  I have my ups and downs with eating.  Some times I eat well other times not great.  If you want to eat well you have to plan a bit.  At least for me it’s best if I sit down and write what I want to cook for the week.  I’ll get groceries on the weekend and plan my week accordingly.  If I do that it works every time ` NOT!  Pardon me while I brush the Doritos© crumbs from my shirt:)

Throw in kids, work and all the other things (life) and you’re heading down to Chick-Fil-A© faster than you can blink and you feel great because it’s always their pleasure to serve you at Chick-Fil-A.  Hey they serve lettuce. Reality check!

2014 is going to be the year of eating well!  I can feel it!  I really can ~ or maybe that’s heartburn from my Doritos:(

I’ve always wanted to try Quinoa.  I picked some up and found this recipe.  If you are looking for a nice vegetarian dish ~ I must say this was fantastic!  I threw in my own spin and added a dash of lime juice and curry powder instead  (I was out of cumin).  I absolutely loved the chopped cilantro and the color was fantastic.  Recipe is below:

Quinoa and Black Beans

Enjoy ~ Happy Miles to You!

Mileage Recap 12 ~ 21 Dec

My weekly mileage  recap is off, so I’m trying to get back on track. Holidays have me hopping. The weather here has been erratic. It has gone from the teens to 64 in a matter of two weeks with snow and rain on the days I wanted to get in some long runs. I’m not one to shy away from rain or cold, but sometimes the weather is just too bad and it’s not safe. So indoors I had to go. Last Saturday was too snowy and this Saturday it was raining hard holding at a steady 33 ~ 34 degrees. To make matters worse the normal gym I go to is renovating. I showed up yesterday only to find every machine taken. I decide to go across the base to the other gym ~ closed at 1300! Ugh. My daughter and I really wanted to run so we both got the bright idea to buy a day at the Y. Yep, the best $20 spent that day. Felt better and I was able to put in five. Nothing like a little holiday rolling.  Total miles for the week 11.32.

Sat (Dec 14) ~ 5 miles on the tread
Sun ~ Rest
Mon ~ 3 miles elliptical
Tues ~ KB/CrossFit
Wed ~ 3.35 miles running
Thurs ~ KB/CrossFit
Fri ~ Rest
Sat ~ 4.97 Miles on the Y tread

Total miles completed so far 983.55 with only 16.45 miles remaining for the 2013 1,000 end of year goal. 10,331.45 grateful miles remaining overall.

Here’s to happy runs.

I’m Up on Facebook

I have finally created the 11315miles Facebook page ~ I know some of my Facebook friends are extremely happy about this:)  For most of the year I just had my updates going back to my regular page, but now it’s time to “soar” a little.  I have even added the Facebook widget.  So, if you’d like to follow along there too or give me a “like” I’d be much obliged.